Sunday, March 13, 2005
Weird tax story of the week: Pay Your Taxes, Pa-Rum-Pum-Pum-Pum:
Tax defaulters in southern India are being forced to face the music after city authorities hired drummers to play non-stop outside their homes until they pay up. After many residents ignored repeated demands to settle overdue property taxes. authorities in a city in Andhra Pradesh state have sent 20 groups of drummers to play outside offenders' houses for the past week....
The new method seems to be working, though. One week of incessant drumming has cleared 18 percent of the backlog.
(Thanks to reader Ben Cunningham for the tip.)